Sri Lanka has been awarded the 2020 Rugby World Cup by Rugby World Council
The 2018 Rugby World Censors’ (RWC) World Cup trophy has been named Sri Lanka in the 2019 edition of the Rugby World Rankings.
The South African side was named after the country’s independence in 1948, and has played in the 2018 and 2022 editions of the tournament.
It was the first team to take part in the World Cup since the 2007 edition, when Australia and England won it.
“Sri Lanka is a rugby nation and a rugby country that has a proud history and a rich heritage,” Rugby World Secretary-General Jerome Garces said.
“It is a very proud country and a very rugby nation, and we will look forward to working closely with the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to make sure that it is the best team to represent the country in 2019 Rugby World Cups.”
The South Africans have also secured their place in the final stage of the 2019 Rugby Championship, where they face Argentina in Dublin on November 27.
The tournament’s third and final round is on January 23.
The 2019 edition also sees England and Wales take part, with the top two teams from each country advancing to the finals.